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Brian Smyth PDF Print E-mail

brian_smythIt comes with great sadness that we have to announce the death of our friend and colleague Brian Smyth who passed away yesterday (Tuesday 2nd April).

Brian was made an honorary member of the society last year for his long service. He was a past treasurer and secretary of the society and his enthusiasm at the meetings will be sorely missed by all.

On behalf of the society committee, members and friends of the NIAAS we would like to offer or thoughts and prayers to Brian's family at this sad time.

Sir Patrick Moore PDF Print E-mail

Sir Patrick MooreSir Patrick Moore.

The author, broadcaster and renowned amateur astronomer, Sir Patrick Moore, has died peacefully at his home in Sussex, at the age of 89.

Sir Patrick first presented the BBC programme, "The Sky at Night" back in 1957, and continued to do so up until last week. He inspired generations of beginners to take up the hobby of astronomy, with his enthusiasm, knowledge, and presentational skills.

He wrote over 100 books, many on his favourite subject, the Moon. He was editor of the "Yearbook of Astronomy", and penned countless magazine articles. He was also a skilled musician, and composed his own works.

His passing is a great loss to the world of amateur astronomy, and he will be badly missed.



December 2012 Meeting PDF Print E-mail

Dr.RedmanThe next meeting of the NIAAS will be held on Monday 3rd December 2012 in Ballyclare High School Lecture Theatre, starting at 8pm. Our speaker for the night will be Dr. Matt Redman from the Centre For Astronomy, National University of Ireland, Galway. His talk is titled 'Star Destruction' 

This is the first time Dr.Redman has been with us and i'm sure there will be a good turnout at this meeting, the last of the year!
About Matt:
I'm from Manchester, UK originally. I did a degree in Physics at Durham University 1991-1994 followed by a PhD in Manchester University 1994-1997. My thesis was a theoretical investigation into the lifetimes and shapes of ultracompact HII regions. I worked then at University of Leeds and Jodrell Bank Observatory 1997-2000 carrying out optical observations and modeling of planetary nebulae and supernova remnants. Then at University College London between 2000-2003 I carried out millimetre observations and modeling of cold dark star forming molecular clouds. I moved to Ireland in 2003 to the Dublin Insitute for Advanced Studies and since 2004 have been lecturing at National University of Ireland Galway. My current research spans both star formation and star destruction processes using observations and numerical models. 

Refreshments are available after the meeting (mince pies?)!

Suggested Admission Donation:

Members: Free
Associate Members: £2
Non-Members: £3


NIAAS Public Star Party 2012 PDF Print E-mail
NIAAS Public Star Party
Saturday 13 October 2012
Crom Castle, County Fermanagh


It is with great excitement that the NIAAS will be hosting a Public Star Party at Crom Castle, Newtownbutler.
The date scheduled is Saturday 13th October, but a back up date has been reserved in case of bad weather.

Being situated in the rural countryside of Fermanagh, the skies around Crom Castle are welcomingly dark.
Sunset will be just after 18.30 hours. Observing will start shortly after that time.
The West Wing of Crom Castle will provide hot drinks and food, which can be purchased on the site.
Crom Castle accommodates for a limited amount of people, therefore booking in advance is advised.
Non-members of the NIAAS can contact Simon for bookings via Private Message on the forum (simon128d)
For directions to Crom Castle, [click here].
It will be a moonless night and this time of the year is the best opportunity for deep sky observing. We hope it will be a memorable night.

New Season! PDF Print E-mail

We are very pleased to announce or line up of speakers for the forthcoming season:


September 3rd - Dave McDonald - Celtic Rock

October 1st - Dr David Asher (Armagh) - Is the impact hazard getting any smaller?

November 5th - Dr Simon Jeffrey (Armagh) - Inside the stars

December 3rd -Dr Matt Redman (Galway) - Star destruction



January 7th - Dr Andy Shearer (Galway) - Pulsars

February 4th - Anthony Murphy (Mythical Ireland) - TBA

March 4th - Neil Patterson (NIAAS) - The Herschel family.

April 1st - Dr Duncan Forgan (Edinburgh) - Planetary formation

May 13th - Members night and AGM


I'm sure you will agree, we have an excellent line up here. We are very excited to have some old and a lot of new faces join us this season and it is sure to be very interesting.

There is no better time to join up! Pay now by paypal and your membership will run to September 2013!

Look forward to seeing you at these meetings!

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